Sheffield United should consider recalling Luke Freeman from his loan at Nottingham Forest during the January transfer window.
Forest confirmed they had signed Freeman on a season-long loan with the option to make it permanent back in August.
The midfielder has since played 10 times for the Championship club, but has been sidelined since November due to injury.
Sky Sports reported in December that Freeman went to Germany to have a hernia operation.
The 28-year-old was expected to be out for between three and four weeks after the successful surgery and Forest manager Chris Hughton expects him to return to training this week.
Nottinghamshire Live adds that Freeman should be back playing this month.
Bring back Luke Freeman from Nottingham Forest
While Freeman has hardly been greatly impressing at the City Ground this term, the Blades could still do with having him back.
That’s because Chris Wilder currently has something of a crisis in midfield.
Since Freeman left for the Championship, United have been in extremely poor form.
Not that the two things are directly linked, but Wilder needs as many options as possible to try and turn things around.
After 17 games, the South Yorkshire side are bottom of the Premier League table with just two points.
Freeman struggled to get into the starting XI in 2019/20 as the Blades finished ninth in their first top flight campaign in 12 years.
That was mainly due to the impressive form of John Fleck, who scored five times from midfield. This term, partly due to injury, Fleck’s form has dramatically dropped.
Freeman is an attacking midfielder who showed glimpses of his talent in his albeit limited opportunities in a Blades shirt.
The former QPR man may not be the long-term solution, but he could provide some instant impact.
It’s unclear whether there is a recall clause in Freeman’s loan deal, but if there is then Wilder should activate it this month.